Effective January 6, 2022, there will be a mask mandate for all public indoor spaces within the City of Holyoke.

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***Due to transmission issues, this evening\'s (1-18-22) City Council meeting is unlikely to be broadcast on Channel 15 as it normally would be. The meeting will remain available in person, on the website live stream, and on Zoom
A recording will also be available this week, as always. We apologize for the unanticipated issue, and any inconvenience caused by it.***

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Planning Your Visit
As of December 28, properly worn masks are required for anyone entering the building. This means they need to be clean, and covering your nose and chin. Masks are available at the Front Desk if you need one for your visit. We also urge visitors to continue practicing social distancing measures. Properly worn masks have been and are still required to use our transportation service.

Types of masks NOT allowed:
--  Masks with a one-way valve
--  Bandanas
--  Neck gaiters, or other “non-mask” face coverings
--  Plastic Face Shields

If you feel safer utilizing our services from home:
--  We can assist you with services by phone or email.
--  We urge you to consider taking part in our Zoom classes.
--  You are welcome to order lunch through our Grab & Go service, though a mask is required for the short interaction with staff and volunteers.

Tech Support with Wayne
Wednesdays, January 12 & 26 from 1 - 2pm in the Learning Center

Have a computer question? Need help using one of our computers? Have an issue with your phone? Consider stopping by to our drop-in Tech Support session with volunteer Wayne Klinge. He'll be on hand for an hour two Wednesdays this month to answer all of your questions. Feel free to bring the laptop, tablet, or phone that's giving you trouble, and Wayne will help you out.

Knox Boxes through the Holyoke Fire Department

During a medical emergency, firefighters are some of the first people on-scene. If someone falls inside of their home, first responders sometimes end up needing to knock down the front door. Forced entry into a home typically leaves the person in crisis with a house that's not secure, and a hefty bill to replace their front door. This is where Knox Boxes come to the rescue - a Knox Box acts as key vaults and every truck in the fire department will have a key to the box.

Once you apply for a Knox Box, the Holyoke Fire Department will come to your home and install it for free. They will also make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and sit with you to fill out a medical form that will help EMS when they arrive on-scene.

If you are a Holyoke resident and would like to apply for a Knox Box, you can contact the Holyoke Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau by phone at (413) 534-2254 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm or via email.

Stroke Survivors' Support Group
Thursdays at 10am
If you or a loved one are a stroke survivor, you are familiar with the life changes it can lead to, and the complications that can arise. We have a new opportunity available if you're interested in meeting with other folks who have experienced the aftermath of a stroke. This small but established group formerly met at the Holyoke Medical Center, and is ready to resume their weekly get-togethers. This group will meet in person. If you have any questions, please reach out to Eileen at 413-322-5625, or by email at maginnise@holyoke.org

Brown Bag Distributions for 2022
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15 pm. The dates for 2022 are as follows:

January 25
February 22
March 22
April 26
May 24
June 28
July 26
August 23
September 27
October 25
November 22
December 27

Dispose of Unwanted Medications
You can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Holyoke, as well as Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.
These boxes do not accept needles or syringes, however, there is a drop box at the Senior Center for this purpose.


Winter Weather Notifications When Pertinent
Updates on ABC40, Fox6 & WWLP-22
We’ve had questions about how one might know that we are closed due to weather conditions. While the Senior Center is definitely closed each time Holyoke’s City Hall closes, it is not necessarily closed every time the schools close. It’s a good indication, but to be certain you should watch local TV and radio stations for updates. When we close, our offices are closed, all meals, rides, and in-person programs or services are canceled for the day, but we will do our best to reschedule. Zoom classes should continue to take place, but depending on circumstances (power outages, etc), individual instructors may have to cancel with little to no notice.

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